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Ilium (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Dan Simmons

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Title:Ilium
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:HarperTorch (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 752 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:21st century, american, science fiction

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Ilium by Dan Simmons (2003)

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    Olympos by Dan Simmons (JGolomb)
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    Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both books are part of a series involving the gods of the Ancient World, one is fantasy set in the past, the other science fiction in the far future. Each has an unusual viewpoint character.
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A really unique tale, I loved it. ( )
  ub1707 | May 5, 2014 |
This book is entertaining but unfortunately leaves almost nothing resolved. The entire book is a prelude to a war, but by the end we don't even know who most of the combatants in the war really are. It also dragged somewhat in the middle, but I felt the characters were strong enough to keep me interested. ( )
  wweisser | Jul 6, 2013 |
The concept is very interesting. The execution, though, isn't so good. I didn't really care about the characters, and it took me a while to get what was going on. The little Shakespeare analysis rather annoyed me: off your soapbox, Dan Simmons, and just write a story. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
sequel to Olympos
  FKarr | Apr 6, 2013 |
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Simmons, Danprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brèque, Jean-DanielTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Terwijl de geest, moe van de strijd,
zich verliest in gelukzaligheid:
de Geest, die grote Oceaan
waar al wat mogelijk is kan bestaan;
en waar, oneindig groot of klein,
ook andere landen, zeeën zijn,
en waar de schepping wordt herleid
tot een groene twijg van tijdelijkheid.

- Andrew Marvell, 'The Garden'
Vee kan men zich roven
en vetgemeste schapen,
ketels en roodbruine paarden,
maar het leven van de mens
keert nooit terug,
door roof nog koop,
als het eenmaal aan de
haag der tanden is ontsnapt.
- Achilles, in de Ilias van
Homerus, boek IX, 405 - 409
Een bitter hart dat zijn tijd verbeidt en bijt,
- Caliban, in Robert Browning, 'Caliban upon Setebos'
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Wabash College
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Rage.
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Gods, Humans, Robots

History meeting future

Trojan War meets Mars

(islanddave)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380817926, Mass Market Paperback)

Genre-hopping Dan Simmons returns to science fiction with the vast and intricate masterpiece Ilium. Within, Simmons weaves three astounding story lines into one Earth-, Mars-, and Jupiter-shattering cliffhanger that will leave readers aching for the sequel.

On Earth, a post-technological group of humans, pampered by servant machines and easy travel via "faxing," begins to question its beginnings. Meanwhile, a team of sentient and Shakespeare-quoting robots from Jupiter's lunar system embark on a mission to Mars to investigate an increase in dangerous quantum fluctuations. On the Red Planet, they'll find a race of metahumans living out existence as the pantheon of classic Greek gods. These "gods" have recreated the Trojan War with reconstituted Greeks and Trojans and staffed it with scholars from throughout Earth's history who observe the events and report on the accuracy of Homer's Iliad. One of these scholars, Thomas Hockenberry, finds himself tangled in the midst of interplay between the gods and their playthings and sends the war reeling in a direction the blind poet could have never imagined.

Simmons creates an exciting and thrilling tale set in the thick of the Trojan War as seen through Hockenberry's 20th-century eyes. At the same time, Simmons's robots study Shakespeare and Proust and the origin-seeking Earthlings find themselves caught in a murderous retelling of The Tempest. Reading this highly literate novel does take more than a passing familiarity with at least The Iliad but readers who can dive into these heady waters and swim with the current will be amply rewarded. --Jeremy Pugh

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"From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing - and often influencing - the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy." "Thomas Hockenberry, former twenty-first-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead. But the muse he serves has a new assignment for the wary scholic, one dictated by Aphrodite herself. With the help of fortieth-century technology, Hockenberry is to infiltrate Olympos, spy on its divine inhabitants ... and ultimately destroy Aphrodite's sister and rival, the goddess Pallas Athena.". "On an Earth profoundly changed since the departure of the Post-Humans centuries earlier, the great events on the bloody plains of Ilium serve as mere entertainment. Its scenes of unrivaled heroics and unequaled carnage add excitement to human lives devoid of courage, strife, labor, and purpose. But this eloi-like existence is not enough for Harman, a man in the last year of his last Twenty. That rarest of post-postmodern men - an "adventurer" - he intends to explore far beyond the boundaries of his world before his allotted time expires, in search of a lost past, a devastating truth, and an escape from his own inevitable "final tax."" "Meanwhile, from the radiation-swept reaches of Jovian space, four sentient machines race to investigate - and, perhaps, terminate - the potentially catastrophic emissions of unexplained quantum-flux emanating from a mountain-top miles above the terraformed surface of Mars."… (more)

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